Learn about diya lamps and find out why they are linked to the festival of Diwali. Plus, try one of our easy diya crafts with your children.
Easy diya lamp crafts for Diwali
Here’s a great collection of easy diya lamps crafts you make using simple materials and with children of all ages.
This article is one of our Diwali activities and crafts for children resources.
In this article you can:
:: learn what diya are and why they are linked to the festival of Diwali
:: download a free diya lamp colouring page
:: see how to make an easy diya lamp craft from a paper plate
:: learn how to make a clay diya using an easy pinch pot technique
:: find links to more Diwali crafts and activities
Ready-made Diwali Unit
This Unit is part of our Festivals specialist curriculum pathway, and is a part of a set of ready-made units you can use to teach your children about the festivals of the world all through the year. Based on the teaching philosophy of hands-on learning, the Play Academy festivals curriculum is engaging, effective and loved by children.
See more details of this Diwali Unit, and all the other specialist curriculum pathways and ready-made units you can choose from, in the Play Academy here.
What are diya and how are they linked to Diwali?
The Indian festival of Diwali is often called the Festival of Lights and diya lamps are linked to the festival.
The story of Rama and Sita is at the centre of the festival. It this the story of good winning over evil, and at the end of the story all the people place oil lamps outside their houses, to show Rama and Sita the way home.
Diya are these oil lamps, nowadays often lit with a candle placed at their centre instead of oil.
You can find out more about the story of Rama and Sita here.
Easy diya lamp crafts children can make
Today, diya lamps are a traditional decoration at Diwali.
You can make a simple diya candle holder for Diwali, to remember the story of Rama and Sita and the force of good beating evil.
Choose from these ideas:
Diwali lamp diya colouring page printable
Use this printable diya template as a colouring page, to make a bunting garland or as a cut-and-stick craft template.
Easy paper plate diya lamp craft
A lovey easy Diwali craft to make a diya lamp from a paper plate
How to make an easy clay diya lamp for Diwali
Learn how to make a diya lamp: an easy craft for Diwali using air drying clay and a simple pinch pot technique.
More Diwali crafts and activities
For more great ideas to learn about and celebrate Diwali with your children, including Rama and Sita puppets and rangoli crafts, see our full index of Diwali crafts and activities for children.